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Steve Stewart

Part of the solution or the problem?

Dave Lochbaum, director of the nuclear safety project with the Union of Concerned Scientists, was a reactor engineer at Browns Ferry Nuclear Plant’s Unit 1 until 1983. The plant shut down in 1985, and restarted last week.

Dave laughed that his take on the timing was that Unit 1 couldn’t operate without him.

He told Eric Fleischauer that a colleague suggested otherwise: “Dave, you left things so messed up it took them 22 years to undo the damage.”

Wings and hair

Rural Alabama Action Commission Executive Director Gerald Dial told Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce members that he wouldn’t make a good Jody Letson impersonator.

Gerald replaced Jody, a Democratic state representative from Hillsboro, as the speaker at the chamber’s annual scholarship presentation while Jody was working in Montgomery, Kristen Bishop reports.

“Jody asked me to stand in for him, and I told him, ‘Well, now, I can’t because I don’t have as much hair as you,’ ” Gerald joked. “(Jody) told me it was OK and that I should just wing it, so here I am.”

Gerald later said, to the amusement of the crowd, that if Jody wanted him to speak next year, he’d have to double his contribution to the chamber’s scholarship fund.

Getting hitched

Danielle Komis and Jonathan Palmer are usually focusing attention on someone else as a feature writer and photographer, respectively, for The Daily. But Sunday was their day.

They got married on the front lawn of a museum in the lush green horse country near Lexington, Ky. Jonathan knew he was a lucky man. He was a cutup and perpetually active — no surprise to one of his former baby sitters who was a wedding guest.

Jonathan danced a jig while escorting his bride away from the altar. Within minutes, he had doffed his waistcoat and top hat and rolled up his sleeves, and was adjusting lighting equipment for the photographers.

Sleeping on the couch

Arthur Orr’s state Senate office has a comfortable new pale green sofa that he said is long enough to stretch out on if he ever has to pull another all-night session waiting on the Senate to come out of recess, according to M.J. Ellington.

The Decatur Republican said his wife, Amy, was in Montgomery the day after he spent a night trying to sleep on a wooden bench. At his request, she went to a Montgomery furniture store and bought the sofa just in case the Senate has another all-nighter.

Heart over head

Two men robbed a U-Haul store in Milwaukee, but one delayed his getaway while he asked one of his victims for a date.

“He stuck around and was trying to get the female employee’s number,” U-Haul general manager Patrick Sobocinski said, quoted by The Associated Press. “She said he was just saying, ‘Hey, baby, you’re pretty fine.’ ”

The woman, who had been forced to the floor during the robbery, wasn’t in a romantic mood. She turned him down.

Send stories for You Don’t Say to, or call Weekend Editor Steve Stewart at 340-2444. Or write P.O. Box 2213, Decatur, AL 35609. Daily staff members contribute many of the items you see here. This column appears Sundays and Wednesdays.

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